Wow! If that isn’t a true quote, not just about America, but about everyone and everything I’ve ever loved, I don’t know what is! If you are not familiar with Senator Booker, he is an African American and former mayor of Newark who is now a US Senator for New Jersey. Long-time readers know that … More July 4th Thoughts from US Senator Cory Booker: “If America hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough.”
I’ve never been one to restrict celebrations to a single day, so I’m continuing my 4th of July series beyond the literal day. Especially after reading the news today, including another mass killing at a 4th of July event and rising unrest after another police shooting of an unarmed Black man, I would like the … More Final Fourth Thoughts
It may not surprise you that George W. Bush is not my favorite of the living US ex-Presidents. Except for yesterday. Yesterday, he was ex-President #1 in my opinion. Yesterday, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon building outside Washington DC, all the living Presidents/ex-Presidents attended memorial services … More What We Really Need to Remember from 9/11
I’ve been pretty transfixed watching the inaugural activities today. If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you will know one of the highlights of the day for me was the incredible poem by Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate. I had high expectations, but she blasted past them by not only giving us … More An All-American Inauguration Dinner
I’m writing this post in the pre-dawn hours of a day that I personally have looked forward to for over 4 years–the end of the Donald Trump presidency and the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency. But before I throw myself into the celebration of a new administration, with my new focus on the Beloved … More Guess What Famous Person Most Inspires Me to Compassion this Inaugural Day Morning
This morning the official Inaugural Planning Committee released its lineup for the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony next Wednesday. While most Americans are probably most excited to hear that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are performing, I was DELIGHTED to see a poet’s name on the list. And what a poet! Joe Biden has chosen … More YAY! Looks Like We’ll Get a Biden Inaugural Poem!
Well, I’m still processing all the events of January 6 and beyond. In the meantime, however, we have one final Inaugural Poem to enjoy before the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris next week. I actually had my high school students analyze this poem on January 5, the day before the madness struck. This … More Inauguration Poetic Countdown: One Week
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
Sundays are the days when the majority, although certainly not all, of religions or spiritual communities in the United States have their major services or gatherings. As in so many organizations, these institutions are struggling to continue serving their communities in a digital way that protects public health and safety and abides by increasingly strict … More Social Media Sunday
At the end of this week that we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, I recommend that you find 45 minutes this weekend to listen to this podcast*: http://chasingamericanhistory.com/robert-f-kennedys-speech-on-the-night-of-martin-luther-kings-assassination/ This podcast ultimately is about Robert Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis announcing Dr. King’s death, not Martin Luther King per se. However, much of the … More A Final Martin Luther King Day Post: Listen to this podcast about MKL and RFK